Weird Universe: Are We Meant To Be Here? (Part 2)

PART 2 : We Are Meant To Be Here

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In Part 1 of this essay (‘Weird Universe: Are We Meant To Be Here?”), I discussed the strange ideas of William Blake (1757-1827), England’s famous poet-painter and mystic. He had managed to combine his own wacky version of Christianity with an uninhibited tantric sexual mysticism that most of his contemporaries found ridiculous, if not repugnant, and which the subsequent age of Queen Victoria would regard with revulsion and horror. 

Blake and Swedenborg Compared

I will now say a few more words about this renowned eccentric—whose poem The Tyger happens to be the most anthologised poem in the English language—before passing on to the equally bizarre ideas of Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg and Renaissance supergenius Leonardo da Vinci.

Unlike most orthodox Christians, who think of angels as ethereal creatures who spend most of their time chanting hymns to God, Blake imagined the angels as highly sexed ecstatics enjoying endless orgasms in the heavenly gardens all day with their fellow angels. It is more than likely that Blake’s predecessor and spiritual mentor, Emanuel Swedenborg, would have looked kindly on his disciple’s carnally exuberant picture of the angels. Anyway, he would not have disapproved of Blake’s erotocentric ideas, given that his own ideas were remarkably similar. [1]

Swedenborg’s most famous book, Heaven and Hell (1758) had a major effect on Blakes’s thinking and helped to shape his entire worldview, even though he would often rage against his Swedish master (see Part 1) as an ignoramus who had listened to the angels but failed to give ear to the devils—unlike Blake himself, who tells us he had imbibed wisdom from both parties.

“One of Blake’s engravings,” we are told, “shows a female figure whose vulva has been translated into an altar, with an erect penis standing like a holy statue at its centre. This is a visual representation of Swedenborg’s idea of sex as a religious sacrament.” [2]

Blake would often open his front door to visitors in the nude, his beloved wife Catherine standing beside him equally naked. “Come in!” the great man would cry. “It’s only Adam and Eve, you know!” [3]

Even the relatively conventional Wordsworth was forced to admit that Blake, for all his eccentricity, was a genius—”an insane genius“, he explained helpfully. [4]

Blake himself was never lonely [we read in a recent essay on Blake and his influence] for he was forever seeing visions of angels. The famous portrait of him in the Tate exhibition has a slightly startled expression, due, it seems, to the fact that Blake had just been in conversation with the Archangel Gabriel. He started his angelic visions in Peckham Rye [South London] when he was a little boy and he saw “a tree filled with angels, bright angelic wings bespangling every bough like stars”.

On one occasion, when he was still small, he was late home and explained to his mother that he had seen the prophet Ezekiel sitting under a tree. She smacked him.

Later, when he was apprenticed to an engraver, James Basire, his master sent him to Westminster Abbey to take drawings of the monuments and there he saw Christ and the apostles.

What was remarkable is that he took these visions so much for granted. As GK Chesterton says in his brilliant biography of Blake: “He spoke of having met Isaiah or Queen Elizabeth, not so much even as if the fact were indisputable, but rather as if so simple a thing were not worth disputing. Kings and prophets came from heaven or hell to sit to him, and he complained of them quite casually, as if they were rather troublesome professional models. There have been other witnesses to the supernatural even more convincing, but I think there was never any other quite so calm.”

Blake and Swedenborg, both inhabiting a world of angels and demons with whom they conversed matter-of-factly for most of their adult lives, cannot in all conscience be dismissed as mad hatters beyond the intellectual pale. Their prestige and influence are far too great for such cavalier treatment. Even the strictly devout Christina Rossetti (mentioned in Part 1) would have found the Blake/Swedenborg visions of heaven and hell compelling. And Aldous Huxley, who once noted “Maybe this Earth is another planet’s hell“, would have been deeply attentive to the bizarre Hieronymus Bosch landscape of the mind presented by both Swedenborg and Blake.

Leonardo da Vinci and ‘the Cosmic Man’

There is even  striking evidence that Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), seen by many as the ultimate Renaissance man and world genius without parallel, would have been completely in agreement with Swedenborg’s notion of the Cosmic Man. By the time of his death, aged 67, Leonardo had become an expert in every subject he touched—in painting, drawing, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, palaeontology, and cartography. He could even write backwards, so if someone wanted to make sense of his voluminous notes they would have to read them in a mirror.

His preeminence in anatomy, the result of his personal dissection of 30 human corpses (not counting dogs and monkeys), finally enabled him to produce his masterpiece, Vitruvian Man (1490). Recent research on this treasured drawing—unsold because never put on sale but valued for insurance purposes at the astronomical price of $860 million [5]—is based on identical ideas found in Swedenborg’s philosophy of the Cosmic Man.

Leonardo found that the ideal human body, which he called “Vitruvian Man”, based on the architecture of the great Roman architect Vitruvius (circa 75 BC—c.15 BC), could only have been designed by a mathematician. Its proportions were so precise that this could not possibly have resulted from chance or the random mutations of Natural Selection envisaged by Darwin. In short, the human body was the best proof for the existence of God, the Grand Designer, because without God such a mathematical marvel would have been inconceivable.

You can view this masterpiece for yourself  if you’re quick. It’s on exhibition at the Louvre in Paris until February 24, 2020, heavily guarded round the clock by wardens with automatic weapons. It will then return to its darkened vault in the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, beyond the reach of art thieves and vandals and the daylight that would damage the fragile 530-year-old work. The drawing is ink on paper and is just 14 inches by 10 inches.

Imagine such a small piece of paper being the same price as 860 houses valued at a million dollars each. It’s mind-boggling. Take a look at the priceless drawing here:

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According to Professor Martin Kemp, who has written a biography of Leonardo, the drawing is “seen as representing the unity of the Cosmos and the concept of Man being the measure of all things.”

“Vitruvian Man isn’t just a fine example of da Vinci’s draughtsmanship and a brilliant depiction of man,” notes British author and art critic Harry Mount.  “It also stands for man’s harmonious place in the universe, as a God-created example of the natural symmetry of man, and shows how he fits into science and maths as neatly as the square or the circle.” Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man, it turns out, is identical to Swedenborg’s Cosmic Man: the age-old idea that the Universe is conceived in the form of a man and has the identical mathematical proportions of the ideal human body.

Here is Heinrich Zimmer in his classic treatise on Hinduism,  Philosophies of India, trying to explain the archetypal idea of the Cosmic Man, an idea so old and persistent that it appears to be innate:

[According to] the aboriginal, pre-Aryan tradition, the entire cosmos has a human form, never had a beginning, and will never end. (p.241) He adds that this basic idea, known as THE FIRST MAN,  forms the essence of Jainism, the religion of the modern Parsees who live in North-West India. It then percolated into the Vedas and classical Hinduism where it underwent sophisticated changes and finally flowered into Monism, the idea that All is One: Mind and Matter, Brahman and Atman, God and Man. [6]

To my surprise, Zimmer then mentions Emanuel Swedenborg’s Cosmic Man. This is the identical idea as Jainism’s “First Man”, and the same idea again as Leonardo’s “Vitruvian Man”. There is not a hair’s breadth difference, it would seem,  between these different conceptions of man being the measure of all things and of the universe being in the shape of a man of infinite proportions.

Swedenborg’s Doctrine of the Cosmic Man

Cosmic Man, to my additional amazement, appears to have found its way into Christian mysticism at some point; at any rate, into the esoteric Christian mysticism of Emanuel Swedenborg.  I will allow Sanskrit scholar Heinrich Zimmer again to explain:

The Christian notion of God as a giant human form is rendered by the Swedenborgians in a figure that somewhat suggests the cosmic MAN of the Jainas. Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) experienced in his visions the whole of heaven in this anthropomorphic way. His work Heaven and Its Wonders, the World of Spirits, and Hell: from Things Heard and Seen, states:

“That heaven as one whole represents one man, is an arcanum not yet known in the world, but very well known in the heavens. The angels do not, indeed, see all heaven, collectively, in such a form, for the whole of heaven is too vast to be grasped by the sight of any angel; but they occasionally see distant societies, consisting of many thousands of angels, as one object in such a form…. and, such being the form of heaven, it is also governed by the Lord as one man, and thus as one whole.” [7]

Swedenborg expands on this is his Divine Live and Wisdom: “The whole angelic heaven in the aggregate resembles a single man, and is divided into regions and provinces according to the members, viscera, and organs of man. Thus there are societies of heaven which constitute the province of all things of the brain, of all things of the facial organs, and of all things of the viscera of the body…. Moreover, the angels know in what province of man they are. The whole heaven has this resemblance to man, because GOD IS A MAN. GOD IS ALSO HEAVEN. (Emphasis in original) [8]

“If the sun and moon should ever doubt,” Blake tells us, “they’d immediately go out.”

According to Swedenborg, nothing distresses the angelic host more than man’s disbelief in their existence. It’s so obvious to them that they exist that they are positively sick to death of the ridicule and contempt they receive from us sceptical earthlings.

Swedenborg concludes with a doleful note on hell. “It has not been granted me,” he laments, “to see what form hell is in the whole. It has only been told me, that as the universal heaven, viewed collectively, is as one man, so is the universal hell, viewed collectively, is as one devil, and may also be exhibited to view IN THE SHAPE OF ONE DEVIL (emphasis added). [9]

Does life have meaning?

We have reached a region of Stygian darkness into which even the angels might fear to tread: a dualistic Manichaean universe in which God and the Devil, Good and Evil, exist as separate entities engaged in eternal  warfare. [10]

We are now—if we decide to ditch conventional wisdom and embark on perilous seas of thought—pieces on a cosmic chessboard, being moved around either by God or the Devil. Whether we are free to make our own moves, or have to wait for Someone Else to move us round the chessboard first, is not altogether clear. Free will, foreknowledge, predestination: these are the eternal questions discussed at great length by the devil and his  angels in Milton’s Paradise Lost, and never a certitude emerges above the din of argument. In Milton’s own words— “vain wisdom all and false philosophy.”

Is there a life after death?

Death, according to Swedenborg, is simply “a continuation of life in another world.” The question of a postmortem existence takes on a new meaning now. It would seem we have no choice but to exist, for better or worse.

One of the most brilliant mathematicians and philosophers of the 17th century, Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), had a mind-altering mystical experience which turned his entire life upside down. There was no need for any tiresome logic chopping, ratiocination or “empirical evidence” after that. He had entered into intimate contact with the Divine. And that’s all that mattered:

“On 23 November 1654, between 10:30 and 12:30 at night, Pascal had an intense religious vision and immediately recorded the experience in a brief note to himself which began: “Fire. God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, not of the philosophers and the scholars…” and concluded by quoting Psalm 119:16: “I will not forget thy word. Amen.” He seems to have carefully sewn this document into his coat and always transferred it when he changed clothes; a servant discovered it only by chance after his death.”

When it comes to the difference between faith and what the scoffers like to call “blind belief”, Pascal said it best: “The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know. We feel it in a thousand things. It is the heart which experiences God, and not the reason. This, then, is faith: God felt by the heart—not by reason.” (See here)

The great physicist Sir James Jeans was once asked in an interview:  “Do you believe that life on this planet is the result of some sort of accident, or do you believe that it is a part of some great scheme?” He replied: “I incline to the idealistic theory that consciousness is fundamental, and that the material universe is derivative from consciousness, not consciousness from the material universe. In general, the universe seems to me to be nearer to a Great Thought than to a great machine. It may well be that each individual consciousness ought to be compared to a brain-cell in a Universal Mind.

This 2-part essay—entitled Weird Universe: Are We Meant To Be Here?—cannot expect to please everyone. Those who do not believe in God or an afterlife will still cling to their entrenched viewpoint that God is a pie-in-the sky invention of cowardly, self-deluding saddos who need a crutch to help them cope with the harsh realities of existence: old age, sickness, death, and the nagging question gnawing away like a persistent toothache—Why are we here if it’s all pointless?”

The God deniers are welcome to their scepticism. But even they, if they are honest, will admit that the universe of modern physics is weird and uncanny—”stranger than we can imagine“, in the words of physicist Sir Arthur Eddington quoted in the epigraph of Part 1. What they will not admit, however, is that we are meant to be here. To the all-important question—Are we meant to be here?— they will answer with a resounding negative: “NO, WE ARE NOT!” If we live in an accidental and meaningless universe, after all, adrift from purpose and in a godless soup of swirling subatomic particles, how can it be asked if we are meant to be here? The very question is absurd.

To these Doubting Thomases I will allow renowned physicist Professor Paul Davies, winner of the prestigious Templeton prize, to pass on his wisdom at this point. These are the concluding sentences of his great seminal work, The Mind of God:

I cannot believe that our existence in this universe is a mere quirk of fate, an accident of history, an accidental blip in the great cosmic drama. Our involvement is too intimate. The physical species Homo may count for nothing, but the existence of mind in some organism on some planet in the universe is surely a fact of fundamental significance. Through conscious beings the universe has generated self-awareness. This can be no trivial detail, no minor byproduct of mindless, purposeless forces. We are truly meant to be here.”  [11]

(Emphasis added)

Conclusion

Every thought is a ripple in an infinite sea. The thoughts of the billions of conscious beings who have lived and died, not only on this earth but in the unimaginably strange worlds in distant galaxies beyond the Milky Way, have helped to build the structure of Reality. The next thought you have will help to alter the universe.

Go in peace, my dear friends. May the love of God be with you and all your sins forgiven.

 Notes (Part 2)

[1]  Swedenborg came from a Moravian background, the Moravians being an extreme Protestant sect from central Europe (founded in the late 14th century) that believed in “justification by faith alone”, allowing them to dispense with traditional morality and enjoy communal sex. The recent discovery of Swedenborg’s Spiritual Diary reveals that he “practised an intensely sexual mysticism. He had researched in detail the attainment of spiritual ecstasy by delaying orgasm, as practised by some Kabbalistic Jewish sects and by the Tantric school of Buddhism.”  — John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, The Q1 Book of the Dead, p.386-7

[2]  John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, Ibid. p.387

[3]  “It’s only Adam and Eve you know!” Blake’s exact words to his own benefactor Thomas Butts, as quoted by his first biographer Alexander Gilchrist. — John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, Ibid, p. 387.  Today’s feminists, who hate being seen as “sex objects” by men, would presumably be horrified by Blake’s “objectification” of his own wife as an adorable strumpet. “In a wife I would desire,” Blake confides shockingly in one of his poems, “what in whores is always found.”

[4]  “An insane genius,” Wordsworth reflecting on Blake. He was to add: “There is something in the madness of this man that interests me more than the sanity of Lord Byron or Walter Scott.” — John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, Ibid, p.383

[5]   The $860 million at which Leonardo’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ is valued is dwarfed by the estimated price of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa painting (1503-1519) in the Louvre. Valued at $100 million in 1962, it will soon be worth roughly $3 billion (= 3000 million-dollar houses). Though this is slightly off-topic, it is of interest to note that the world’s second most expensive yacht, owned by Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, is worth only half that ($1.5 billion), and all the other super-yachts in the Top Twenty can be be picked up for considerably less. Only one yacht costs more ($4.8 billion), and this is because it is built from 10,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum. It is owned by Robert Knok, Malaysia’s richest man. Americans will be pleased to learn, however, that the the world’s richest man, American owner of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, could buy 33 Mona Lisas with his  total assets of $100 billion.

[6]  Henrich Zimmer, Philosophies of India, Bollingen Series XXVI, Princeton University Press, edited by Joseph Campbell, p.241

[7]  Heinrich Zimmer, ibid. p. 244. Above quote first published in Latin, London 1758, and then translated into English, New York 1883.

[8]  Heinrich Zimmer, ibid. p.246

[9]  Heinrich Zimmer, ibid. p.246

[10] Manichaeans, also known as Manichees, followed the dualistic teachings of the Persian prophet Mani (died c.274 A.D.). Mani’s parents belonged to a Jewish-Christian Gnostic sect, the Elcesaites, who were heavily influenced by Jewish apocalyptic writings (See here). Mani claimed to be a reincarnation (or avatar) of Buddha, Krishna, Zoraster, and Jesus. Manichaeism persisted as a Christian heresy throughout the Middle Ages and was ruthlessly exterminated by the Inquisition. It survives today mainly in China, especially in Quanzhou and around Cao’an; also among some Western religious dissidents with a penchant for Gnosticism and the belief that the material universe was created by an evil demiurge known as Yaldabaoth. (See here)

[11]  Paul Davies, The Mind of God: Science and the Search for Ultimate Meaning, 1992, p.232

Lasha Darkmoon

Dr Lasha Darkmoon (b.1978) is an Anglo-American ex-academic with higher degrees in Classics whose political articles and poems have been translated into several languages. Most of her political essays can be found at The Occidental Observer and The TruthSeeker. Her own website, Darkmoon.me, is now within the top 1 percent of websites in the world according to the Alexa ranking system.

111 thoughts to “Weird Universe: Are We Meant To Be Here? (Part 2)”

    1. ‘GOD’

      Omnipotent: All Powerful.
      Omnipresent: Everywhere.
      Omniscient: All Knowing.

      The first two are self explanatory.
      The third begs: “What is ‘Knowledge’.”

      1. A fascinating article all round, with some extremely erudite facts, figures and quotations thrown in. I was particularly bowled over by the stimulating footnotes at the end of the article, especially this one giving an impressive array of facts and statistics:

        FOOTNOTE [5] The $860 million at which Leonardo’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ is valued is dwarfed by the estimated price of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa painting (1503-1519) in the Louvre. Valued at $100 million in 1962, it will soon be worth roughly $3 billion (= 3000 million-dollar houses). Though this is slightly off-topic, it is of interest to note that the world’s second most expensive yacht, owned by Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich, is worth only half that ($1.5 billion), and all the other super-yachts in the Top Twenty can be be picked up for considerably less. Only one yacht costs more ($4.8 billion), and this is because it is built from 10,000 kilograms of solid gold and platinum. It is owned by Robert Knok, Malaysia’s richest man. Americans will be pleased to learn, however, that the the world’s richest man, American owner of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, could buy 33 Mona Lisas with his total assets of $100 billion.

        Doctoral Student
        Balliol College, Oxford

      2. ADVICE SOUGHT

        I found myself on this site by chance. No idea how I got here. The poems knock me out, though I haven’t got a clue what this guy ‘Xanadu’ is talking about half the time. The article above, which I’ve just read, gives me a headache cos it has too many ideas my head can’t take in at once, though I get a high reading this stuff like I’ve just popped some pretty weird drug. Only thing is I’m only 17 and my mom has warned me to be careful what sites I go on. So what I want to know is, basically, is this a safe site? Cos my mom is gonna check on me later and give me hell if this isn’t a safe site. So your advice would be appreciated. If you had a vulnerable teenage son or daughter you were trying to protect from evil influences, would you recommend this site: YES or NO?

      3. No, this is an extremely dangerous site, sonny boy. And I’d stay away from it if I were you! This site ain’t for snowflakes. You better scarper pronto before Mommy comes marching into your room with her horsewhip and thrashes the hell out of you. You stay on this site one minute longer and I guarantee you you’re gonna be corrupted in no time at all. So beat it! 🙂

      4. Be careful Adrian. Hell hath no fury like a Butterfly scorned 🦋😡. Was the scorn due to my exposing her fraudulent claim of intellectual superiority? With her presumptions of “God” and “Conspiracy theory”? Tsk tsk Madame. Is it time to put down yer own tomahawk? Maybe you’re really a (not so) brilliant jew shrink with a high IQ who gets off on the ego boost that comes with having a superiority complex. You wanna match wits with me? Have at it. Although chess bores me now. Been there done that.

        But just know that the long standing test for determining the quotient of intelligence measures only the brain.

        Here’s something for y’all:

        Having consciousness is KNOWING you have it. A certain state of awareness in knowing this dictates that having consciousness means ALWAYS having it. Once you have it you cannot NOT have it.
        To guess that this may not be so uses reasoning power, a faculty that doesn’t apply to this state, where the only thing that can be said about it is, “you just know that you know”. This is a primary example of “heart Intelligence”, an old/new discovery of conventional science which sees that the heart is actually an organ with similar functions as the brain. Something mystics have known all along. It’s just a matter of time before distinctions will be made regarding what will be referred to as B-IQ and H-IQ.

        A wise man once told me that true spiritual quests must always quest-ion EVERYTHING. He also said that the “angels of our better nature” are all aspects of ourselves…the GOOD parts that is. Tsk tsk William Blake.

        Aho !

      5. Tsk tsk William Blake.

        Correcting William Blake now, eh?
        Your puffed-up self-importance shows
        in almost everything you say. Cocky little midget man.

      6. Give it a rest, Brownhawk. You are beginning to weary me. I don’t engage with intellectual pygmies.

      7. I find Brownhawk quite charming most of the time. An easy-going man with a dry sense of humor, close to the earth and attuned to nature. I don’t regard him as a threat to this website in any way. He is an asset.

    2. @ BOB IN DC,

      Here is the Islamic definition of God. Allah is the proper name of the One True God, in the Arabic language used by Muslims all over the world. Allah is a name that is neither feminine nor masculine, and it cannot be made plural (unlike god, gods, goddess, etc). Muslims believe that there is nothing in the heavens nor on Earth that deserves worship except Allah, the One True Creator. If He wanted something, He says, “Be,” and it will.

      Muslims believe in the same God as Christians and Jews but they refer to him as Allah.

      1. MEY,
        Interesting point that G_d may be masculine or feminena. After Donaldos demise, he wouldn’t necessarily want for the rest of eternity to be in the presence of some old, bearded white guy. Would rather be with a feminena entity. Much more attractive. Donaldo has always loved feminen energy. Sex with a female is wonderful, but feminen energy is deeper than physical. It’s also spiritual. One of Donaldos favorite Jews is Gilad Atzmon. This brilliant, but controversial man, once (perhaps 5 years ago) wrote an article explaining how men and women connect. The perfect couple, he wrote, was the one in which the man and woman combined the perfect balance of both femenine and masculine energies. Sometimes the woman’s character is more masculine than the man’s and vice-versa. But there MUST be a perfect balance between the two if the relationship is to last. If not, problems arise. Spousal abuse or divorce perhaps. It has played out in Donaldos relationship with his beautiful Mexican wife. Physically she is small and femine. But she has the ❤️ of a 🦁. Donaldo is physically strong for a 52-year-old man and doesn’t take “sh’t in a hat” from other men. But he would never confront his more dominant wife. He knows his place. Anyway, sorry if off topic. But “Are we meant to be here?” What is our place in the Universe? Donaldo doesn’t have the answer. The older he gets, the MORE questions he has. Chalom to all Darkmooners. ✌️🌮🍷

      2. “Muslims believe in the same God as Christians and Jews but they refer to him as Allah.”

        The Christian God is a Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and is the one true God. Since the Jews reject the Son who came to earth to redeem them and all others from their sins, they do not have the Father as their God but rather the devil, as Jesus told them (John 8.44), and their synagogue is the “synagogue of Satan.” (Rev. 3.9). Muslims do not have the same God either. Harsh as this may sound, no one who disbelieves in the Son has God as their Father. And no one who rejects the Church Jesus Christ founded has either Jesus or the Father. That Church is the Catholic Church in its traditional form, as opposed to the counter-church established by Judeo-Masonic infiltration. See padrepioandchiesaviva.com/Grave_Reasons_of_State.html and other articles at that site. And pray the Rosary to counter the influence and power of sin and of demons in your own life. The truth and the grace necessary for the salvation of our immortal souls is to be found in traditional Catholicism

        The famous stigmatist priest and miracle worker Padre Pio “around 1960,” as Fr Gabriel Amorth, later chief exorcist of Rome, recalls, told him, “You know, Gabriele? It is Satan who has been introduced into the bosom of the Church and within a very short time will come to rule a false Church.” (Interview with Fr Amorth by José María Zavala, in The Best Kept Secret of Fatima)

        “Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the Antichrist. The Church will be in eclipse.” (Our Lady of La Salette, 1846)

        “The Third Secret of Fatima reveals, among other things, that the Great Apostasy in the Church will begin at the top.” (Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi, papal theologian from 1955-1989; 1995 letter to Professor Baumgartner)

    3. Simples, God must (as in must) be the uncaused self-existent cause of all material existence. All other claims fail since they entail an infinite regress, which is logically impossible. Makes no difference if you “believe” in multi-verses – not falsifiable, therefore a belief, not science. Nothing can come from nothing (don’t tell me that a primordial space vacuum with forces acting on it is nothing. It’s not nothing, it’s something). Since the universe (or multi-verses were they ever proven) exists and nothing can come from nothing, it must have a cause outside of itself that was not itself created. That self-existent cause is what we call “God”. ROFLMAO all you like, but if you’re going to tell me that random collisions of atoms caused the universe and everything we humans can see, well you’re welcome to your beliefs.

      1. Well said, Mark! Your beliefs coincide with my own, though you have managed to express yourself in far more lucid terms than I have done.

      2. @DONALDO COLINA

        You must have misread my comment about Allah.
        I said, “Allah is a name that is neither feminine nor masculine, and it cannot be made plural (unlike god, gods, goddess, etc).”

    4. Please also read Blogs of Captain Ajit Vadakayil.
      GOOGLE Ajit Vadakayil Quantum Consciousness.
      GOOGLE Ajit Vadakayil Karma
      Most of the answers of Life are already mentioned in the Hindu Vedas and Upanishads. However the most important is that Karma and Reincarnation in this Universe. There is no Judgement Day in Hinduism. If you understand that you get what you deserve. However your Intentions always matter. Nobody can escape Karma whether you Believe it or not.

      1. That’s what I think too. And many other too numerous to name, including Gurdjieff and his disciples. It’s a very old and widespread belief, impossible to prove, that all inanimate objects are impregnated with consciousness.

      2. You may be right. Read the books of Ervin Laszlo.
        Interesting stuff about akashic field, it’s like an external drive, containing the past, present, future, we have access to this by esp, extrasensory perception.
        He is a specialist in this field.

  1. Are we meant to be here? It is obvious that some genius, ‘ God’, made this universe as the great architect. But what is his/hers aim by doing so?
    Are we just an experiment /laboratorium for him? Are we actors in a play and he watches us like we watch Netflix? Did we choose as spiritual beings to be born on earth, erasing our memory at time of birth, to experience life lessons? Or are we just spiritual beings prisoners on earth of a demonic ‘ god’ who likes to see us suffer, giving us life, taking our life, giving us hope and giving us desperation? Nobody knows. If we knew what the purpose would be, we would know the plot of it and we probably would have no reason, fun, to play along anymore.

    1. Perhaps all that is necessary to resolve the conundrum is to broaden scope.

      I realize that for Abrahamic religions, God is to be raised up on highest; however Buddhists and Hindus have a holographic concept – that conscious beings contain an infinitesimally small quintessence of God.

      As the cells of the evolving human body are small and unaware of the whole, the same is true of life’s relationship to God.

      However this need not be the same as mere pantheism, for inexplicably to the human mind, a personal relationship and love of God seems to be also part of the package.

      1. “….an infinitesimally small quintessence of God…”

        Perhaps conscious beings grow into the bigness of God…..through Eternity.

  2. Professor Paul Davies ought to have his Templeton prize withdrawn. In a later ( latest?) book “The Demon in the Machine” he proposes that the end state of life will be an “intelligent” machine that has occupied an optimal gob of the universe. This gob will be limited due to the physically limited speed of communication (c).

    This advanced machine will create a virtual reality for itself and play the intelligent-giant-gob equivalent of computer games for ever more.

    The meaning of life can quickly be found/realized if one studies higher mathematics – the reason Anthony Flew, who led UK atheism for decades, repented in later life.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antony_Flew

    He concluded that God must be real due to the existence of mathematics. This is available to study online for any seeker.

    1. @ Flan O’Brien

      An extremely thought-provoking comment. You really seem to know what you are talking about and I have learned a lot from your comment.

      I am delighted to hear that esteemed philosopher Anthony Flew, an atheist to begin with, converted to theism and to a belief in God in his old age. You say it was mathematics that did the trick. That makes sense. Note that it was mathematics that also did the trick for Leonardo da Vinci, discussed at great length in the article.

      This is what LD’s article tells us, and it’s well worth noting:

      Leonardo found that the ideal human body, which he called “Vitruvian Man”, based on the architecture of the great Roman architect Vitruvius (circa 75 BC—c.15 BC), could only have been designed by a mathematician. Its proportions were so precise that this could not possibly have resulted from chance or the random mutations of Natural Selection envisaged by Darwin. In short, the human body was the best proof for the existence of God, the Grand Designer, because without God such a mathematical marvel would have been inconceivable.

      1. @ Flan O’Brien

        I agree with you also that it is somewhat disappointing that Prof. Paul Davies, renowned author of “The Mind of God”—for which he received the prestigious Templeton Prize—should go on to write ‘The Demon in the Machine” in which he puts forward the idea of virtual reality taking over the world.

        I have to withhold judgment on this until I have read the book. I’m sure Davies new ideas do not cancel out his old ideas in any way. He still remains a believer in Intelligent Design and that “we are meant to be here”.

        I am 100 per cent certain that Davies is not propounding the crackpot conspiracy theory touted on this site by the Christ-hating bloggist Yukon Jack: that the Universe is simply a GIANT COMPUTER and that we are all fictional characters in a computer game. I never heard of such a daft theory in my life! It’s enough to drive anyone mad. 🙂

        I mean, why should we take it seriously IF IT IS TRUE? Because if it is true, Yukon Jack is himself just a fictional character in a computer game? So who’s going to take a fictional character seriously? 🙂

        Added to which, YOU and I are also fictional characters if the Universe is just a giant computer! So how can we trust our own judgment if we don’t even exist except as fictional characters in computer software?

        WOW, talk about an Alice in Wonderland world! 🙂

    2. Flan O’Brien,
      I have a question about mathematics: was it discovered of invented?

      If mathematics was discovered it has a deeper meaning, a meaning intrinsic in nature.

      But if it is just a language invented, it is like English, Spanish or Latin, no intrinsic connection with nature, just a series of definitions associated with meanings. Mathematics could be analogous to a chess game, nothing else. In numerology, people are impressed with coincidences and formats, but if the decimal system in changed to the binary or hexadecimal system, things that had meaning to the numerologists just disappear. The number 10 is not a round number in the binary system.

  3. We probably are living in a holographic universe, resembles the x-box games. So we are the actors/players designed by this ‘ god’ ,( iT- specialist) with special software we humans are trying to decode and even modify. This will be difficult for us being part / being of this software. You can’t pull yourself out of the swamp by pulling your hairs. I have also thought about the big bang. Isn’t the big bang to compare by switching on your x-box game. Electricity is on and time to play ’god. And there is the holographic universe.

  4. First of all, my thanks to lasha for writing this important article. To paraphrase what she wrote, it contributes to “painting a face ” of what we would be putting our faith IN.

    Here’s one man’s thoughts on “Gnosis”:

    It conveys Divinity (Source) to be the ineffable Awesomeness of pure love and consciousness. The source of all. It’s manifestation is the result of an equally absolute mystery – Imagination. “Made in God’s Image”. That it DOES manifest makes it an intention – pure will, Divine Intent, whose action produces forms of individual expressions, each carrying an inviolable endowment of free will. When the intent is acknowledged, or “matched” by individualizations of Itself (creating “love at first sight”) bonds of trust are made that honor the intention to express itself in these singular forms. In doing so, the interconnectedness of all its expressions is sustained in imperishable realms, places where nothing is occluded; gone missing. When the trust is NOT honored, a mindful connection to Source is broken, resulting in a “counterforce” – an action taken by those whom the Theosophists refer to as the “masters of the universe” – the Demiurges, the ones who misconstrued the Divine Intent. Instead of seeing love at first sight upon their having “left the Divine Womb” as a newborn with its mother in a “swathe of reciprocity”, they saw nothing at all, only abandonment. This is an inexplicable occurrence, given that this can never be an intention of Divinity. That it DID resulted in the “fall from Grace”, a voluntary act which spawned fear itself. Love’s opposition was born, and with it the offshoot called Evil.

    That the endowment of free will is inviolable cannot be stated with the strength it deserves, and those who misapprehended Divine Intent reacted to what they perceived to be a threatening environment by employing a counterforce resulting in a disorientation of Spirit we know as matter. That Beings INHABIT this disoriented state of existence infers a subjugation to the ways of a physical universe. We are “free” insofar as our will is exercised within the constraints of a material existence, but this exercise cannot be TRULY free when expressed in this format. This makes it CONDITIONAL.

    Divinity is not responsible for a disintegrative state which subjects us to manufactured laws of nature, the beauty found there notwithstanding. The Divine Intent is not for life to be here, when “here” is experienced in this condition of time “passing”. When time elapses, it means those experiencing it this way suffer its ravages, which can only occur when inhabiting these biological-dependent bodies. These are not Light-Bodies we are in. In Light-Bodies, or bodies in TRUTH, we no longer suffer in the grip of a material erosion, but are returned to a true reality of simply having “presences” – living in the “timeless” present, where “through time” sees the word “through” to not imply an elapse, but as a function word to indicate “by the agency of”.

    We are going nowhere fast through illusory motions, on perpetuating hamster wheels with no “where” to go TO. If you’re already (t)here, then (w)here, is (t)here to GO? Here is the where I am. There is the here where I’ve always BEEN.

    Dwelling in absolute freedom means being fully bathed in its Divine Light. But this is not the case when True Light can only be seen as a beacon, as it’s seen on this planet in this “hold” of time. A-itu

  5. The astonishing arrogance of man.

    It’s all about ME! Everything you see, is all about ME! It’s all about – me! Me! ME!!! History’s greatest minds know it’s all about me! – Me! – ME!!! The world, the universe – all revolves around ME; all is here to serve ME! Everything has been created for ME and ME alone! I HAVE DOMINION! This is MY world, MY universe; everything beyond ME is without consequence! YET THERE IS NOTHING BEYOND ME! – But where is this ME now? – Epithet on man’s gravestone.

    Why is it descriptions of heaven and hell sound like something a Jew would design? Streets paved with gold, gates of pearls and precious gems . . . Why are vulvas, translated into altars, with erect penises standing at the center, viewed as “holy”? Is this just another smutty, Jewish double entendre or does something religious reside therein?

    Why is it god and his angels always – always – take human form and exhibit human frailties?

    YHVH, wandering his garden: Yoohoo, Adam, oh Adam, where art thou? Just where the hell is that Adam anyways? I better have my all-seeing omnipotence checked next time I visit my Jewish doctor.

    It seems as though god might actually be a Jewish mosquito sucking out your life blood. Who desires existence in such a world as this one or that?

    The only real surprise about heaven and hell is the lack of toilets. Of course, there is that vat of “hot excrement” in which Jesus boils, but where does the excrement come from if there are no toilets in Sheol? Rebbe designers of holy architecture had better address this omission right away.

    While faith has its foundation based on experience; belief is unfounded. In fact, lack of proof is what defines belief. One can believe anything, but faith is a different matter. One can believe the earth is flat, angels exist or the Holocaust happened. Yet one does not climb into their car believing they have a braking system that will save their life. Instead, one has faith in the automobile’s braking system founded on proven design and past experience of having them work reliably and repeatedly.

    If one only believed braking systems worked, with no evidence supporting their beliefs, they might feel compelled to examine a vehicle’s braking system every time they went for a drive. Of course, one’s faith is shaken on occasion, like when they press on the brake pedal and find no response.

    Imagine climbing on an airplane in which the pilot never performed a preflight inspection, instead relying on belief in the airplane’s airworthiness for flight. How safe would your feel then? The preflight inspection is one of those times when even faith is insufficient to justify further action. A pilot cannot rely on the belief, or have faith, that an aircraft remains airworthy after its last flight, the pilot must KNOW.

    You are piloting your existence, therefore do not believe, do not have faith – instead KNOW.

    1. Yep Arch,
      Your insight about celestial toilets made Donaldo drop his shot of tequila. Your thoughts raise a host of other practical questions regarding paradise (paraiso) in Spanish. Toilets mean ya gotta eat. Who does the cooking? Is the food kosher? Where does one live? Does he pay rent? And yes, MONEY. Will Alan Greenspan’s eternal soul be present printing fiat $$$$ and charging exorbant interest? Will there be Banks in Heaven? Oh my G_d! Paradise is starting to look like planet Earth incarnate. Once again, Donaldo has more questions than answers. 🤔🤨🧐

    2. Ecc 9:11
      I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

      The mighty walls of Jericho disintegrated every 120 feet, which allowed them to fall inward. Sound like sonic resonance to you? Who knew? YHVH knew.

      King David had more gold than he could weigh. Scarcity drives modern economics, check the freshman book. Once again you miss the point: THERE’S ENOUGH GOLD TO PAVE THE STREETS! If it were released into circulation, it would be worthless. Do you really, in your mind, believe that your much words compare? You have the simpleton sophistry of a Talmud contributor. Or a media urinalist. Shall we explore the verses about fools and their much words?

  6. Arch
    According to Gnosis (knowing), you’re not the pilot HERE. So given the premise of Gnostic understanding, and it must BE given, what experience can faith have its foundation?

    1. B-Hawk –

      If you actually believe that….. there is no need for you to comment here or anywhere…. about anything, ever again.

      There are no pilots “HERE”, just passengers, along for the ride!! 🙂

      1. We’re all along for the ride, Pat. I’m just a thinker wondering about the NATURE of the ride, is all. But why would you say I BELIEVE it? Like I said at the outset of the post, these are my THOUGHTS. I have mine, and you have yours. Like you’re so fond of saying. It’s a great big guessing game. Belief ain’t got nuthin to do with it, brother. 😄

      2. Pat
        You once said that you BELIEVE that when you die, that’s it. Over. Finito. You will no longer BE. But why be-lieve THAT? Just BE on the ride. Right here. Right now.

        No belief. No faith. Just be-ing🙂

        P.S. We can’t “actually” believe.

      3. We miss too much in THIS life while bothering ourselves about some FUTURE state-of-being. Try to live up to the best of THIS ride instead of over-contemplating the NEXT one. Often, this ride ends too soon to suit most of us who aren’t suffering intolerable pain. (Death usually comes at an inconvenient time, anyway.)

      4. You’re right of course, Gil. I just don’t like that the ride gets interrupted.

        whaddya gonna do
        but chase away the jew
        and then the ride be smooth
        to be into your groove 😁

    2. What is, is – no matter one’s colored perceptions, their feelings or beliefs about it. That is truth. As I have written previously about the Sufi’s analogy of the strawberry, one can talk about the strawberry. One can describe the strawberry, its color and flavor. One can study the strawberry and draw conclusions about the nature of the strawberry, but one will never KNOW the strawberry until the strawberry has been experienced by eating one. At that instant comes enlightenment as to the essence of the strawberry, for in that instant, one KNOWS the strawberry.

      Sufis maintain truth can only be experienced. Such is the way of the flat earth theory. Lacking experience in the matter, a question as to the nature of the planet’s shape might well be questioned. However, those having the experience of living and traveling around the globe cannot accept such nonsense. Attempting to deny one’s experience is the height of insane folly.

      Gnostics describe one particular view of existence, however this is merely talking about perceptions that may or may not be accurate. (I will say the Gnostic view of creation is most interesting.) Experience demonstrates that, to some degree, one does guide their existence within a framework of larger events. Yet, Sufis maintain the enlightened man fully controls his existence, describing it thusly: “While the unenlightened are only able to react, the enlightened can act.”

      What this means is that the unenlightened man’s actions are always a reaction to those situations surrounding him. By contrast, the enlightened man’s actions create those situations surrounding him.

      What’s more, the actions of the unenlightened can and will have unexpected, and oft times, unintended, detrimental consequences for some or all involved; whereas the actions of the enlightened man always have specific, intentional outcomes by design. Thus while the unenlightened are inevitably unaware of the full nature and consequences of their actions, the enlightened man is always aware of the full consequences of his actions.

      When I say, “You are piloting your existence, therefore do not believe, do not have faith – instead KNOW.” I am urging others to seek the knowing of enlightenment.

      While this may sound simple, it is by far the most difficult path that can be undertaken in life. This is not something one does, it is what one becomes.

      This pursuit takes immense effort and many lives to complete. Truth is what leads all souls to seek. It is what religion promises, but fails to deliver. It is the purpose of life – to seek the truth, allowing the soul to be freed from its vicious cycle of materiel existence.

      1. Arch
        How do you KNOW that knowing Truth takes many lives to complete? Isn’t this simply a thought you have in which you’d only be saying, it would certainly SEEM so? As far the Gnostics describing one particular view of existence to merely be a perception that’s possibly accurate, is this is no different than what the Sufis** may or may not know, they and the Gnostics essentially being one and the same?

        Right now, are we ALL passengers in a plane on autopilot programmed to fly through death’s door? If we can legitimately claim an ability to take over the controls and steer it away from there**, then I’ll submit for a transfer ticket!

        **When I was a young man travelling around the country (by freight train, which brings to mind the saying, “God looks after fools and little children” 😁) I danced with the Sufis when I was in Arizona. An exhilarating experience that made me think of the whirling dervishes. **I also remember asking two of them about where they were going one day out in the desert. They told me they were going to retrieve a body, saying that the soul who had inhabited it voluntarily left it in moving on from this realm. An intriguing thought which understandably I’ve retained 50 years later. Could be true

      1. HP,
        “……so they don’t run us off a cliff….yet again!” 🤪

        Maybe this time Charlie Brown will finally get to kick that football! 🏈…🏃‍♀️

  7. What you call “The esoteric Christian mysticism of Emanuel Swedenborg” is actually esoteric Satanic mysticism. In fact, the only authentic mysticism is Christian mysticism, which means Catholic mysticism, which is hard to find since the Church was taken over at Vatican II after many years of infiltration. “The gods of the gentiles are demons.” (Psalm 95.5)

  8. @Darrell
    Right on, Darrell. Remember that great French scientist and mathematician Blaise Pascal (after whom the SI unit of pressure is named). A great Catholic and a great man.

    When asked why he was a firm Catholic and without any proof of salvation, replied with words to the effect, “Well, if I die and there is nothing, I have lost nothing. But if I die and I am right, I win everything.”

    I understand he was prominent in developing Probability mathematics. A betting man after my own heart.

  9. “Leonardo found that the ideal human body, which he called “Vitruvian Man”, based on the architecture of the great Roman architect Vitruvius (circa 75 BC—c.15 BC), could only have been designed by a mathematician. Its proportions were so precise that this could not possibly have resulted from chance or the random mutations of Natural Selection envisaged by Darwin. In short, the human body was the best proof for the existence of God, the Grand Designer, because without God such a mathematical marvel would have been inconceivable.”

    Leonardo’s drawing, which looks suspiciously like two men in the act of sodomy, is his version of the Vitruvian Man…
    if you work circles around here and there you get some ratios pertaining to the earth and moon, distances apart, size.. the message is – man is designed by nature and a part of it, not apart from it…
    Vitruvius, an architect yes, attempted to draw the perfectly proportioned man using squares and rectangles, something like that.. it didn’t come out so good…
    leonardo’s guy is an improvement…
    the solid universe is theoretically a residualization of vibrations or waves, what have you?
    which are disintegrational remnants of the ‘one sound’ or ‘word of god’.. why they call it the uni-verse… some say ommmmmm…
    the one sound not made by things striking together…
    everything solid is made of sound…
    ‘for if you hammer by the pound
    two heads of iron together
    in time the metal by the sound
    is fled into the nether”…
    indeed something ‘sol-id’ is said to be ‘s-ound’, it’s ‘f-ound-ational’…
    the question is – where did the waves come from?
    just guessing, but if they are originally conscious impressions or thoughts, consciousness being the primary generational component of the universe, the ‘father’, that might explain the ‘id’ in ‘sol-id’…
    if 2 semi-trucks meet on a curve and go head on, there will be a loud crashing sound..
    that is the sound component of the solid material being forced out of the mass, or dragged along with whatever the force was that blew it part…
    the places where the structures come apart is the exploding sound path…
    almost, if you could put all the sound back in the same way it came out, the two trucks would look like they did before they hit each other…
    anyways, we always want to put the finger on some big ‘creator’…
    and this is all here as the result of some creative force…
    but that doesn’t explain where the force came from…
    or how the force could have come from nowhere, if it’s always been…
    you might say god is man’s inability to fathom himself and his surroundings…
    man needs god, that’s for sure…
    and if you believe, it’s yours…
    whatever you believe in is your god, and it doesn’t have to be one thing…

    1. yes I believe the universe is built on vibrating waves with a certain frequency, electricity. How higher the frequency the more immaterial with as result a holographic universe. the universe becomes or gets. The sun plays in my view an important role as being the medium for transferring this frequency or as medium for transporting information, switching: electricity on our Dna? The sun as a router as we use for the internet?? it was Walter Russell who wrote a book about it, the secret of light. Interesting also the book of Frances Ashcroft, the spark of life.

    2. Bark – “the question is – where did the waves come from?”

      The Rig Veda and the Bible (among others) say “the Word” (sound) comes from God.
      This means sound was present before the material creation.

      “In the beginning was Brahman, with whom was the Word; and the word was truly the supreme Brahman.”

      “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
      —————————————————————————
      Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita …
      “Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego – all together these eight constitute My separated material energies.”

      “The Sankhya system of philosophy explains how each element telescopes out from the previous element. The first physical or gross element is the ether. Within the ether all the other four gross elements are present (earth, water, fire and air) in a subtle form. The subtle quality of ether is sound, and from the sound expands the air. The subtle quality of air is touch (movement), and from the touch expands the fire. The subtle quality of fire is sight, and from the sight expands the water. The subtle quality of water is taste, and from the taste expands the earth. And finally, the subtle quality of earth, the last of the physical elements, is smell.”

      “Thus you have a telescoping effect of the elements and their subtle qualities beginning from ether down to earth. Since each element is manifesting from the previous, each new element contains all of the qualities of the previous elements. The ether element, being the first, only possesses the quality of sound. One cannot touch, see, taste or smell ether. The air element, having expanded from the ether, possesses both the qualities of sound and touch. One can feel and hear the movements of air, but one cannot see, taste or smell the air. The fire element’s added quality is sight. Thus one can see, touch and hear the fire, but one cannot taste or smell fire. The water, having expanded from the fire, can be heard, felt, seen and tasted, but not smelt. And earth, being the final element, contains all the five qualities of sound, touch, sight, taste and smell.”

      This sequence is the natural sequence of manifestation of gross matter.

      “In actuality nothing is mystic. Everything functions according to natural laws.”

      1. “All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the Akasha or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life-giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and phenomena.” (Nikola Tesla)
        ——————————————————————–
        “And they allowed Apollonius to ask questions; and he asked them of what they thought the cosmos was composed; but they replied; “Of elements.” “Are there then four?” he asked. “Not four,” said Larchas, “but five.” “And how can there be a fifth,” said Apollonius, “alongside of water and air and earth and fire?” “There is the ether,” replied the other, “which we must regard as the stuff of which gods are made; for just as all mortal creatures inhale the wire, so do immortal and divine natures inhale the ether.” “Am I,” said Appollonius, “to regard the universe as a living creature?” “Yes,” said the other.” (The Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Philostratus, 220AD)

    3. Leonardo’s drawing, which looks suspiciously like two men in the act of sodomy, is his version of the Vitruvian Man…

      Your low-brow philistinism and general level of ignorance is so apparent that I’m surprised you haven’t noticed it yourself.

  10. Merriam-Webster’s definition of gnosis
    : esoteric knowledge of spiritual truth held by the ancient Gnostics to be essential to salvation.

    For Harold Smith, revelations come from the Bible. For the birds, they come… from birds’ brains, I guess .

    I have tried to explain to no avail to my feathered brother why “salvation” eluded his brothers. “Salvation” comes from knowledgeable fight – not from “revelations”.

    No more pipe smoking, please.

    1. Didn’t I tell you to blow it out yer arse? What are you waiting for? And speaking of which, if I had your brains I’d blow ’em out! 🤯

      1. Please don’t use coarse words like “arse”. I find this word most offensive in polite society. You must move in very low circles.

      2. Circassian
        It’s hard to overlook your rudeness, but for some reason I can’t resist responding. Maybe it’s because on some level you KNOW you’re not really trying to correct me.

        Revolution is in the air, EVERYWHERE. To quote a great American patriot, “this is a time to try men’s souls”. But what makes you think that a Revolution on RUSSIAN terms would fare any better than the AMERICAN one whose seed was at least planted 243 1/2 years ago?

        Yes, it’s still a fight. A fight for Freedom. So tell me, under whose auspices should it be REALIZED? DEFINE Freedom as it concerns the worldly affairs of mankind. And BTW, there IS a right and wrong definition. This much is known by those awakened to its truth.

      3. I don’t operate in polite circles. Politeness has its place, but not when the stirred-up masses are in desperate need of proper direction. Open your eyes, Adrian

    2. @ Circassian

      Your attempt to diss Harold Smith doesn’t work for me. A man isn’t an idiot per se just because he quotes the Bible. Scroll up to the article and you will see Pascal, the great philosopher and mathematician, discoverer of the calculus, quoting freely from the Bible. And Isaac Newton does so repeatedly.

      As the article informs us, correctly, Newton spent more time on Biblical exegesis than he did on science. He had a lot to say on the Book of Revelation, the book Harold Smith finds equally fascinating.

      So tell me, since Harold Smith quotes from the Bible just as Pascal does, and just as Newton does, what makes you think Harold Smith is an idiot, hm? Why not call Pascal and Newton idiots also?!? 🙂

      Less sneering, Circassian. Your logic sucks.

      1. Saki,

        Harold Smith is a reasonable man.

        Btw, calculus is not a discovery – it is an invention, and the inventors were Newton and Leibniz, not Pascal. The rudiments of the integral calculus can be found in the works of Archimedes – the greatest engineer, inventor, and mathematician of all time IMO.

      2. The point I was trying to make is still valid. Pascal was a great philosopher, inventor and mathematician

        https://www.math.tamu.edu/~rowell/SamplePaper.pdf

        And he also had a habit of quoting from the Bible — just like Harold Smith. It therefore follows that not all Bible quoters are the fools you imagine them to be. Many of them are, I admit, and there have been quite a few of these Bible thumpers on this website, but Harold Smith is not among them. He is highly inelligent, well-informed, and writes perfect English.

        Even Grammar Fiend has praised him! 🙂

      3. HP,

        To be perfectly honest, I have never heard of the claimed input to the development of calculus by India. So I am in no position to judge one way or the other.

        Anyhow, thanks for the info.

      4. Circassian, you’re certainly welcome though I do find it rather curious how a highly intelligent Left Brainer like yourself might entirely miss something so profoundly huge, not to mention super interesting and dare say, extraordinarily illuminating.

        But then again, the same lack of attention and effort, whether willing or unwilling, affects waaay too many prominent Right Brainers as well.
        Kali-yuga, eh..

        So I reckon this is pretty much a downer for most, if not (another) thread ender. My bad, or is it my good? I wonder..

      5. HP,

        Correct me if I am wrong, but what you mean by Left Brainer and Right Brainer goes something like this:

        Left Brainer ≈ Sober but Narrow Minded;
        Right Brainer ≈ Fuzzy but Open Minded.

        If so, I would object to being labelled as a highly intelligent Left Brainer; perhaps, a fairly balanced observer would be closer to home.

        I have known some truly highly intelligent Left Brainers and was appalled by their narrow-mindedness.

        To substantiate my claim, I offer a glimpse at a resent exchange which I had with two highly esteemed professors (one is from England, the other – from America) on an interesting astronomical subject:

        https://www.dropbox.com/s/y0oz8cr73plwxhu/ExchangeWithJohnAndKevin.docx

        I do not have a formal permission from my respondents to publish this exchange, so I have omitted their last names and e-mail addresses.

    1. Don’t worry Pat, islam is ruled by the masons/jews so the jews will control them for us. Have a bit faith in our jewish brothers as the holy Pope calls them😀

    2. @ Pat,

      While the video doesn’t explicitly say Islam is taking over the world, it does say Islam will be the world’s “dominant religion” in less than 10 years, since Islam is the fastest grown religion.

      Look at Jews in the US, they are less than 2% of the total US population. They control every aspect of life in America. Numbers does not necessarily mean domination.

      Special thanks to the BBC for putting out the video “Muslim Demographics: The Truth” to correct the Christian video’s, “Islam Is Taking Over And No One Is Paying Attention!!” numerous distortions. Beyond its hideous fear mongering tone
      https://understandingislam.today/is-islam-taking-over-the-world/

      Since Pat never said one positive thing about Islam or Muslims, I wonder if he ever met a Muslim in his life?

      1. It’s not about meeting a nice or pleasant muslim. It’s about their view of the world and their let’s call it “enthusiasm “to follow Allah’s commands. I think it would be different if the muslims decided to become christians. Are you willing to become a christian Mahmoud?

      2. MEY –

        I cannot find anything positive about those who consider me an infidel. Islamists or Muslims.

        I find nothing positive to say about jews.

        I know better. I am not that naive.

  11. Great stuff Lasha, Please keep it up. Genesis 1:26, “Let us make man in our own image”. It would appear the pagans are correct, there are many gods though they all could be derivative of a single source. Earth is obviously a penal colony, a material Hell created by a demon god (The Demiurge) and his cosmic cohorts. I can’t image a loving god creating a world system wherein billions of sentient beings have to suffer and die horrible deaths so billions of others can live, albeit temporarily. Man is not the top of the food chain, beings feed off of us. Think of them as celestial vampires. (The Archons). The Gnostics were right on it. Interesting item about Blake. Jim Morrison, the lead vocalist and lyricist of the Doors, wrote in one of his songs, “Some are born to endless night, some are born to sweet delight.” Those are Blake’s lines, Jimbo ripped him off. How many drug addled Doors fans were cognizant of this? You could probably count them on one hand and have fingers left over.

      1. It is not a joke Mahmoud become a christian as many on this christian wevsite. In general christianity is more humane than islam.
        So what holds you really back?

  12. Pat,
    I hate to burst your bubbles! Let me clear up the misconceptions and misunderstandings about the misuse of the term “infidel.” as well as the word “Allah.”

    Myth # 1: Infidel does not mean “Westerner” or a “non Muslim”. The term refers to disbeliever, people who do not believe in God. It is also mentioned in the Bible and it means the same in Arabic.

    Myth # 2: People who think using the term is a clever way to insult Muslims are in fact making fools of themselves by declaring themselves to be atheists and enemies of their own God.

    Christians and Jews are referred to in the Quran as “people of the book” and are respected branches of Abrahamic religions. This means they all worship the God of Abraham.
    Myth # 3: Muslims worship only God that they refer to in Arabic as Allah. Because of language differences, God is referred to by different names, but they are one and the same. In German, God is called Gott . I should note here that Jews and Christians living in Arabia use the Arabic phrase “Allah” when referring to God.

    Prior to Islam, Christians used the term infidels to describe unbelievers and enemies of God. Once again, the name God is Allah in Arabic.Next time you misuse the term ” infidels” and or poke fun of the name Allah, , “Don’t be a fool, infidel mean unbeliever and Allah means God.

    I hope that helps.

    1. MEY –

      You have not helped me.

      You wrote: “Don’t be a fool, infidel mean unbeliever and Allah means God.”

      I have never suggested you are a “fool” as you have just done to me. You have written many hateful names directed at me over the years here. I have written none toward you at all.

      I have never written anything about “allah” here, or anywhere.

      I HAVE written many times that I follow NO organized religions. So…. I am not “fool” enough to believe that I would be known as anything other than an “infidel” to musselmen and islamists.

      I hope that helps. Your words fell short for me.

    2. MEY –

      Islam is a political movement controlling whole governments of, at least, these four countries.

      Republics governed in accordance with Islamic law:

      Afghanistan Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (since 2004)
      Iran Islamic Republic of Iran (since 1979)
      Mauritania Islamic Republic of Mauritania (since 1960)
      Pakistan Islamic Republic of Pakistan (since 1956)

  13. MAHMOUD
    “While the video doesn’t explicitly say Islam is taking over the world, it does say Islam will be the world’s “dominant religion” in less than 10 years, since Islam is the fastest grown religion. ”
    This may well happen.. But it begs the question – what’s religion?
    SR
    “Your low-brow philistinism and general level of ignorance is so apparent that I’m surprised you haven’t noticed it yourself.”
    The drawing looks like Gerald and Michael Fitzgerald to me man, it could be…
    Gerald Fitz Michael and Michael Fitz Gerald..
    Just saying.. No need for insult, just because someone forces you to think…
    You’re uncomfortable so you whip out some labels, right?
    Maybe reach for some Dogma…
    Tell me please – what’s Phililstinism?
    HP
    “The Rig Veda and the Bible (among others) say “the Word” (sound) comes from God.”
    Ok, but where does God come from? Pray Tell?
    You can’t explain it away by giving it another name… Can You?
    well, I guess you can, if you have that killswitch…
    Not everybody has it…

    1. Bark –

      “What’s religion”

      Religions are political movements everywhere.

      Religions control countries….. Goals of musselmen is to control the world!!

      1. Dear Pat, whoever said Muslims want to dominate the world is very untrue. In Islam, it says your faith is by choice. So it wrong for Muslims to force someone to change their religion.

        My first wife was a Christian and I never asked her to convert during our 10 yrs of marriage. What good would it do if I pressure her to convert and she does it out of fear that I might leave her? See, it have to come from the heart and out of deep conviction. Otherwise, she would be a fake or a make believe Muslim.

        The Quran clearly states in verse 2:256 (there is no compulsion in religion.) Some people falsely that only because Islam is a religion of peace and we want peace in the world like anyone else, they assume Muslims want to dominate the world by a sward.

        You and I once have a discussion about this before when we first crossed path. Perhaps, it might help you immensely if you visit a local mosque in your neck of the wood. As they say, take it from the horse’s mouth as appose of relying only on anti-Muslim websites.

      2. MEY –

        You wrote: “Dear Pat, whoever said Muslims want to dominate the world is very untrue.”

        I believe otherwise…… and I can offer this as proof:

        Islam is a – POLITICAL – movement controlling whole governments of, at least, four countries.

        Here are the Republics – FORMALLY – governed in accordance with Islamic law:

        Afghanistan Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (since 2004)
        Iran Islamic Republic of Iran (since 1979)
        Mauritania Islamic Republic of Mauritania (since 1960)
        Pakistan Islamic Republic of Pakistan (since 1956)

    2. Bark, here’s the short simple answer. More than often being too much (or too easy) of a realization for busy beavers caught up in self centered webs of their own desires, illusion and karma to even consider, much less accommodate.

      In a nutshell it’s the highest compliment and greatest gift of them all. Our Individuality and free will to decide whether or not to say yes or no to bend the knee. The rub, as it were.

      False “pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”

      Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 2.12
      Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.

  14. PCR is growing a bigger pair!!

    America At War Forever
    January 31, 2020
    Paul Craig Roberts

    Film-maker Oliver Stone has won 12 Academy Awards for his films. But this outstanding record doesn’t help when he seeks financing for a film critical of one of America’s wars.

    “You do those kinds of stories, it’s not going to happen.” Stone said that his dissent from the pro-war narrative has brought him “economic censorship.”
    https://sputniknews.com/us/202001311078189951-oliver-stone-united-states-is-the-evil-empire/

    Hollywood practices the same censorship as CNN, the New York Times, and the rest of the presstitutes who champion war. Stone notes that we never hear the point of view from the countries that are labeled “threats,” such as Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela.

    The Democrat and Republican political parties are also all for war. The Democrats won’t even let Tulsi Gabbard participate in the New Hampshire presidential Town Halls, because she is not a partisan of war.

    Stone says that the fact that Democrat leaders such as Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden are as pro-war as Dick Cheney and the Zionist neocons “shows you how locked up America is.” As Putin said in the interviews Stone did with him, “It doesn’t make a difference who is President of the United States.” Washington’s policy is hegemony achieved through war.

    https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/01/31/america-at-war-forever/

  15. There’s A LOT of very wonderful comments here! Let’s just hope uncle doesn’t screw-up again: i.e. hit the wrong icon on his command-and-control ADMIN computer and accidentally erase ALL the wonderful comments by everyone! 🙂

  16. HP
    I’m just a simple person, who needs simple answers…
    The question hasn’t been answered…
    Where does The Guy come from?
    “False “pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”
    That’s probably true enough…
    But, I think it’s evidence of the Toxic Pride thing working its way in, when people cease being logical and reasonable, making unfounded conclusions… and it gets worse when they start acting on those conclusions, which are not conclusions but are only rumors, especially when they start using force, whereas their labels and insults are indications of their willingness to…
    The old Might Makes Right thing… The torturer knows he’s probably wasting his time for practical purposes, but he does it anyway, it’s the policy, to reaffirm his conviction of his own superiority…
    His God is Powerful, a Stiff Dick, with no big computer attached…
    And it just may be that this God Business is one of the big drivers behind the aggressive political conduct in the world, whether it’s kicking people out of the Kingdom or refusing to let them in, because they’re different belief systems represent a threat to your control.
    It is interesting, when the Pilgrims were kicked out of Europe, religious persecution, so they say, and they set up in the New World, they refused to let others who were not of their same Pilgrim Religion, Puritan Baptists or whatever, live in their territories…
    Maybe if people weren’t religious, if there were no religion, or at least if the agnostic view were acceptable to the ‘devout’ as understandable, since after all it doesn’t necessarily mean the agnostic is not faithful and reverent, then people would be closer to the real God, who ‘has no religion’…
    there’s a big difference between faith and religion…
    Faith Goes Bad When It Gets Religious…
    Faith is Reasonable.. Religion maybe not…
    Real Jews have Faith, that their Messiah will return for them…
    The faithful are not aggressive…
    The Zion are using religion otherwise in its negative arrogant archaic sense to keep driving their political agenda, which is really about stealing other people’s land, etc… And that’s pretty low…
    Of course, the Muslims on the other hand are up to the same thing, and they mean business…
    The same way the Waspies and Catholics, and some Zion too, excused themselves for the stuff they took from the Aboriginals…
    Indeed, I’ve heard Zionists use that as the schmoozo for what they do now…

    1. Bark, I’ll only iterate the same answer to your question.
      Now, as Krishna said to Arjuna afterr speaking the Gita, you choose to believe it or not.

      Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 2.12
      “Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.”
      (Lord Sri Krishna)

      1. “Never was there a time when I did not exist…..”

        Perhaps in various capacities in different incarnations…

        I was a soul who fought and died through countless ages in the wayward mystic of time’s illusion. A mighty king ruling a vast Empire at the head of great armies, my pervasive command ensuring victory over an implacable foe, or the slaughter of doomed hordes in the shadow play of history.

        Contending in abundance of a circling blame
        A soldier in another place and time
        Upon whose given order slain
        by one whose lowering sword was mine.

        A wealthy man who wanted nothing in return from a generous heart. A starving waif, shunted to a dangerous fringe by a cruel and indifferent one. An elegant ballerina, a surly lout. A poor beggar and ruthless tycoon. Someone, anyone, no one. Grounded by a weighted air, pulled away in a waiting machine.

        There thrown into
        and where I stay
        More passing through
        fore passed away

  17. Is Trump meant to be here??

    The Centers for Disease Control is grappling with a massive outbreak of Trump Derangement Syndrome among Democrats and the Mainstream Media following pre-race festivities on Sunday at the Daytona 500. 🤣

    President Trump was named grand marshal of “The Great American Race” and his appearance sent leftists scampering to their designated safe spaces. Tens of thousands of race fans cheered, “USA, USA” as Air Force One flew about 800 feet over the speedway as “America the Beautiful” played over the public address system. When the president arrived he was greeted with 200,000+ spectators waving “Make America Great Again” flags and chants of “FOUR MORE YEARS!!”
    https://townhall.com/columnists/toddstarnes/2020/02/17/leftists-angered-over-the-daytona-500-should-blow-it-out-their-tailpipes-n2561426

  18. HP
    “Bhagavad-gītā As It Is 2.12
    “Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.”
    (Lord Sri Krishna)
    OK fine, and thank you for that… I agree…
    Now may I ask – is Sri Krishna talking about people and God, or the Universe in general – the old Pantheistic ‘Everything is Everything’ thing from the sixties and seventies?
    PAT
    Great Article…
    One thing you have to give Trump – he’s entertaining…
    And the more apoplectic the Left gets, the greater the Circus…
    You gotta know he’s making them a lot of dough too…
    I’m surprised they didn’t give him a trophy for his run around the track…
    But wait, he already has one – that’s her standing beside him…
    And we’re so happy to be looking at her, after 8 years of the Obama Freak Show…

    1. Bark –

      He IS an entertainer. His MO is the same as many in the past…. even King George in 1776. The solution was the US Constitution, which less than 10% of the inhabitants wanted.
      The MO:
      Problem-Reaction-Solution….. where the solution is something totally unacceptable before the problem was injected.

  19. There is a subject in my mind for a while which I find very interesting, I’ll call it “messages from the future.” Is this time travel? No, the past can’t be changed, too many paradoxes. Please, don’t tell me your reality can support two contradictory statements; our demagogue politicians apparently believe that impossibility.

    Nevertheless, my personal opinion is that information, something intangible, can “travel” from the future to the present. I won’t discuss if this is real or not, I’ll assume it is real and deal with the consequences.

    Imagine if you knew the day of your death. As the particular date approaches, I can easily assume that information will profoundly change your behavior, in order to avoid your own death. But in the future that you die in that specific date you didn’t have that information, therefore the information from the future is capable of changing the future. Until that date is in the future it can be changed but the past is a done deal.

    To analyze the subject on this thread I prefer the MACRO (cosmology) than the MICRO (quantum physics). Quantum physics has a huge problem because it can’t be measured, the mathematical theory is far more advanced than the capabilities of measurement instruments, but there are some valuable experiments.

    Only in quantum physics the observer changes the experimental results. Now I see a perfect parallel with the subject “messages from the future.” I don’t like to quote Hollywood but the movie ‘Next’ (Nicolas Cage) got it right:

    “Here is the thing about the future: when you look at it, it changes, because you looked.” Cris Johnson

    Conclusion: the only way to change your destiny is interacting with “feedbacks” (flashes of information) from your future.

    1. NBTT
      Consciousness travels across time…
      Or perhaps more accurately, exists where there is no time…
      Moving a physical body through space out of sync with time is not normally possible…
      Rumor does have it though that the conscious self can cancel out those limitations….
      If that’s true, is it a skill anyone can learn, or does it require some special talent?

      1. Consciousness travels across time…
        Or perhaps more accurately, exists where there is no time…
        Moving a physical body through space out of sync with time is not normally possible…
        Rumor does have it though that the conscious self can cancel out those limitations….
        If that’s true, is it a skill anyone can learn, or does it require some special talent?

        Utter garbage! Every single sentence in this heap of mental manure is absolutely meaningless.

        Every time I hear this kind of incoherent blabbering I wonder: How does the object that produced it look like. Does he look like a normal human being or more like this:

        https://icdn.lenta.ru/images/2016/06/27/14/20160627144022816/pic_9722f03fe9ba37e16f283cf7845a146d.jpg

        What does this f***ing Western world does to people?! It promotes everything that is ugly – mentally, morally, spiritually, and even physically.

        Thank God, the end of this nightmare called Western civilization seems approaching rapidly.

      2. Careful everyone, we don’t want to upset Circassian in his comfortably numb little paradigms.

        Open yer mind comrade, and utilize that thing called imagination to ruminate on what’s possible, instead of being fossilized into thinking of what “just couldn’t be”.

        And the location of Civilizations ain’t got nuttin to do with it.

    1. Bark –

      From the outset…. the Bill of Rights had/have no place in the US Constitution…. since that document was a limit on the US Government, NOT the people. Many wrote THAT, and even violently opposed their placement there. I agree with those in opposition.

      You see…. once placed in the government document…. the third branch of the government, the courts, have full control of the interpretations!! They knew THAT!! The Judiciary Act was the very FIRST Act passed by congress.

      We have been tricked!! “BIGGLY!!” 💥

      All supposed ‘constitutions’ are instruments of fraud and deception. This applies as much to the pretended “Articles of Confederation” as it applies to the falsely-called “U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights!!”

      The Rothschilds, and that class of money-lenders….. of whom they are the representatives and agents – men who never think of lending a shilling to their next-door neighbors, for purposes of honest industry, unless upon the most ample security, and at the highest rate of interest – stand ready, at all times, to lend money in UNLIMITED amounts to those robbers and murderers, who call themselves governments, to be expended in shooting down those who do not submit quietly to being robbed and enslaved!! 🤢
      http://www.lewrockwell.com/1970/01/lysander-spooner/no-treason-the-constitution-of-no-authority/

  20. PAT :

    I heard from certain sources I have I can not reveal , they’re saying you would like to get rid of all the 10 amendments in The Bill of Rights EXCEPT the 5th amendment. And why, pray tell, would you want to keep THAT amendment? You’re always getting yourself in trouble. What did you do now, bro? Ooops. I’m sorry. It’s wrong to ask someone to incriminate himself, so sorry, my bad, 🙁 . It’s a Sin to force by twisting his arm for example to force a troublemaker to incriminate himself. Heck, it’s a Sin just to simply ask a trouble-maker to tell the truth ; A troublemaker has The God Given Right NOT to tell the truth, amirite? LMFAO!!!!!!!

    DOWN WITH THE BILL OF RIGHTS KEEP THE FIFTH!!!!! 🙂

    1. TROJ –

      Never believe anything from your ‘certain sources’… or your white jacketed attendants, my man!! They want you to stay and be a ‘HOOT’ in Chattahootchie!! 🙂 🙂

  21. Anastasia [Ringing cedars of Russia] a survivor of an ancient Vedic culture claims that you cannot analyze God or truth except through your feelings. According to her we are all the end result of millions of years of devolution. We have devolved from Human[Godlike] beings into monkeys.

    1. An original viewpoint, I admit.

      But if it is true, that makes “Anastasia” a monkey too, doesn’t it?

      So why pay attention to the philosophical musings of an ape? 🙂

  22. 28,000 year old Shiva kalpa vigraha. (mum’s the word)

    Human Devolution

    “We did not evolve up from matter; instead we devolved, or came down, from the realm of pure consciousness, spirit,” says Cremo. He bases his response on modern science and the world’s great wisdom traditions, including the Vedic philosophy of ancient India. Cremo proposes that before we ask the question, “Where did human beings come from? we should first contemplate, “What is a human being?” Cremo asserts that humans are a combination of matter, mind, and consciousness (or spirit).”

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